2019-20 NHL – Tampa Bay Lightning @ Vegas Golden Knights Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Tampa Bay Lightning @ Vegas Golden Knights taking place? Friday 21st February, 2020 – 03:00 (UK)

Where is Tampa Bay Lightning @ Vegas Golden Knights taking place? T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

What channel is Tampa Bay Lightning @ Vegas Golden Knights on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Tampa Bay Lightning @ Vegas Golden Knights? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Tampa Bay Lightning @ Vegas Golden Knights? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Tampa Bay Lightning 4 – 2 Vegas Golden Knights

THE TEAM NEWS

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

  • The Lightning are undoubtedly one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now since they enter this contest in the midst of an 11-game winning streak. They secured a 4-3 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche the last time out and currently sit in second place of the Eastern Conference standings with 85 points out of 60 games.
  • Tampa Bay will wait until the very last minute to determine if Braydon Coburn will be able to play here, as he’s dealing with an undisclosed injury. Ryan McDonagh and Jan Rutta have both been ruled out, both due to a lower body injuries.
  • Steven Stamkos is Tampa Bay’s best player, but Brayden Point has been efficient of late. He recently extended his point streak to 11 games, gathering three goals and 12 helpers in that span. For the season, the 23-year-old has 57 points (21 goals, 36 assists), 123 shots and a plus-29 rating.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

  • The Golden Knights have left a two-game losing streak in the rear-view by bouncing back with three wins in a row. They are recently coming off a 3-2 hard-fought win over the Washington Capitals to remain in the playoff zone, fifth in the Western Conference with 70 points in 61 games.
  • Vegas should be close to full strength ahead of this contest with their lone absentee right winger Alex Tuch, who could return closer to the weekend or next week having been out with a lower body injury.
  • Max Pacioretty should be the player to watch for the Golden Knights with 27 goals this season, leading Vegas in that department. The 31-year-old is enjoying a productive month in February with six goals and three assists in eight games.

THE PREDICTION

Vegas enter this game riding a three-game winning streak but that came after two straight losses and they have been a bit inconsistent overall. Meanwhile, the Lightning are the hottest team in the league right now and it seems no team in the league can stop their impressive attacking line that has already netted an NHL-high 215 goals. Vegas will make things interesting, but Tampa Bay should be able to get the win here.

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